Five tips to stay SunSmart this festive season

Posted 3 Dec 2019.

Five tips to stay sunsmart this festive season

Don't be fooled by the heat this summer. Did you know UV radiation is not hot? In fact, your risk of sunburn is exactly the same on cooler days as it is on the hotter days in summer!

See our top five tips for staying SunSmart over the festive period.

1. Slip on protective clothing

Whether it's your favourite Ugly Christmas rashie or just your everyday attire, be sure to wear long sun-protective clothing with a close weave. Clothing can be one of the most effective ways to protect your skin, so be sure to cover up as much as possible.

2. Slop on sunscreen

Heading down to the beach over the Christmas break? Choose a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen which is at least SPF 30, and layer it on thickly 20 minutes before going out into the sun. Do not rub it in! Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more if towel drying or sweating excessively.

3. Slap on a hat

A Santa hat just won't do! The best form of sun protection is to wear a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire-style hat which protects your ears, sides of the face and back of the neck.

4. Seek shade

If it's your turn to host a get-together this festive season, be sure to provide substantial shade to ensure adequate sun protection for your friends and family. Remember that UV rays reflect off surfaces such as sand, water and paving, so use other sun protection measures when in the shade too.

5. Slide on your sunglasses

Put the novelty Christmas sunnies away and protect your eyes properly with close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses. You should wear sunglasses when outdoors during daylight hours, not just when there's obvious glare.


Remember, the best way to protect yourself from the sun this Festive season is to use a combination of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

For more information, visit SunSmart's MyUV website.


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